I come from a German family, or at least part of my family is. My grandmother on my father’s side and all of her relatives were German and I was growing up I had the opportunity to grow up with a love of great German food. Living where I do now unfortunately there is not a lot of German influence in the restaurants surrounding the city so needless to say we do not have many opportunities to be able to he had German restaurants very often.
About two weeks ago my wife and I went to Chicago to celebrate our 14th anniversary and as a part of this trip I wanted to be up to go and experience a restaurant that I had heard about but never tried. The Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago is a restaurant that has been around for many years. Actually the restaurant started back in 1898 and as you walk around the existing restaurant see hints of history all around you. The restaurant even has a menu from early in the 20th century right when you walk in, and when you look at this you will be transported back in time and will be amazed at the number of items that were on the menu at that and time and how much food and drink ended up costing.
In arriving at the restaurant we were greeted kindly and shown to our reserved table. The staff was friendly and it was busy for the night that we were there (as the server said most sites are). I noticed right away that the menu was not as extensive as the one you see walking into the restaurant, but you still have the opportunity to see some great looking items on the menu as well. One thing that I enjoyed seeing is that the menu provided to guests with a coded review of what you could order to have the true Berghoff experience.
Seeing that we were in Chicago for only a few days and that we would only visit this restaurant once, my wife and I wanted to experience the restaurant at its best. We ended up ordering the Alsatian Onion And Apple Soup to share and then each of us ordered Sauerbraten, both of which were listed as specialties.
When the soup arrived the presentation was amazing. The taste was something that I had not tasted before with a mix of sweet and sour it was completely delicious.
The Sauerbraten followed and we were both amazed had the amount of food we received and how wonderful it tasted. Again the mix of sweet and sour made to meat taste amazing, and with a mix of vegetables and whipped potatoes that came with it, you definitely left the restaurant filled ( in a good way).
For dessert we selected the Apple Strudel and for us this was simply delicious. The dessert itself simply melted in your mouth making the end of the experience a very satisfying!
If you I’m going to be in the Chicago area and are looking for an amazing German restaurant that offers history as well as great food at a reasonable price look no further than The Berghoff Restaurant!
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